The fact that he had once not even been allowed to know the location of this house had not escaped him. There was a time where he would not be in the kitchen, casually pouring himself a cup of coffee, looking out the window at the beautiful view. There was a time when he would not have stood so comfortably, bare-foot and shirtless, idly letting the seconds tick by.
With school starting again, he'd been keeping busy. With Dani occupied, he tended to have a bit more free time, but it was consumed with work. Not that he didn't enjoy the work, it was just that it took quite a bit of his time. While he enjoyed shaping the young minds, teaching them a skill which he thought irreplaceable, he also wanted more time to spend with Athena.
The two had had their ups and downs, and their relationship honestly wouldn't have made sense to anyone outside of it. Slowly, Dani had become accustomed to Athena's presence, and even tolerated it to some extent. At the same time, the couple had grown and matured into almost an actual, domestic pair. It was more than he could have ever imagined for them. More than he could have expected to come from Athena.
He had risen early, so he wasn't surprised that Athena wasn't yet awake. He was watching the sun rise outside the window, when he heard a noise behind him. Turning, he saw the familiar figure moving towards him. "Whoops? Did I wake you up, love?" He asked, sheepish. He wasn't the quietest in the kitchen - he tended to clang and clatter dishes around.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 29, 2017 12:33:20 GMT -6
Sometimes it was strange, sharing parts of herself that she'd thought would remain a secret forever with someone else. Sometimes she wanted to take it all back and withdraw back into what she knew and was comfortable with. But sometimes it was nice. There came a comfort of knowing there was someone she could turn to if things went wrong, as unlikely as she was to use that bond outside of an emergency. It put her at ease in a way she hadn't felt in a long time.
It was also no real secret that she slept significantly better with someone else there with her. The trust it required for her to relax and be vulnerable with sleep around someone was great, but having achieved that... It created the sense of safety she needed to sleep through the night without waking up several times.
Except right now that wasn't happening. Blinking a few times, she looked at the empty spot on the bed that should have a person there instead. How annoying. That meant she had to get up and hunt him down now. It wouldn't be too hard; it's not like the house was that large. But all the same, annoying.
Stretching for a moment, she got up from the bed, throwing on the first t-shirt she could find. It was a bit large so probably not hers, but that didn't matter. As she left the room, she noticed the smell of coffee in the air, so she followed that towards the kitchen. It seemed to be the correct decision as she spotted the man she'd been looking for, wandering up beside him. "You did, but not by making coffee," she said as she looked out the window he'd chosen to see the sun still rising. "What are you doing up so early?"
The house was peaceful, especially this early. Sullivan could understand why Athena had chosen this location for herself. He turned towards the noise of someone approaching, not able to stifle the smile that sprung to his face at the sight of her. Even with bedhead and sleep heavy eyes, she was still the most wonderful thing he'd ever laid eyes on.
He drew closer to her, picking up the hem of her sleeve with his forefingers as he did. "I guess this answers the question of where did I leave my shirt." He joked. "And, um, I thought I'd work on a lesson or something. What, you couldn't sleep without me by your side?" He teased, mussing her hair with one hand before leaning down to kiss her. "What do you do when I spend the nights at Hogwarts, eh? Not sleep at all?"